Relatives mourn Oleksandr Mozheiko, 31, territorial defence soldier who was killed by Russian army on March 5, during his funeral in Irpin, Kyiv, on Friday. AP
Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police force, said the bodies were abandoned in the streets or given temporary burials. He cited police data indicating that 95% died from gunshot wounds.
"Consequently, we understand that under the (Russian) occupation, people were simply executed in the streets,” Nebytov said. More bodies are being found every day, under rubble and in mass graves, he added.
"The most victims were found in Bucha, where there are more than 350 corpses,” he said.
Local residents react in front of destroyed houses in the village of Korolivka, Kyiv. AFP
A team of experts from the forensic department of France's national gendarmerie has been working for several days to examine and identify those buried in the largest mass grave found to date in the devastated town. The alleged violence by invading Russian forces in Bucha has shocked the world.
According to Nebytov, utilities workers in Bucha had been gathering up and burying bodies in the Kyiv suburb while it remained under Russian control. Nebytov added that Russian troops were "tracking down” people who expressed strong pro-Ukrainian views.
Bodies are placed into a mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine. AFP
Mariupol’s mayor said this week that more than 10,000 civilians had died and the death toll could surpass 20,000. Other Ukrainian officials have said they expect to find evidence in Mariupol of atrocities against civilians like the ones discovered in Bucha and other towns outside Kyiv.
The Mariupol City Council said on Friday that locals reported seeing Russian troops digging up bodies that were buried in residential courtyards and not allowing new burials "of people killed by them.”
"Why the exhumation is being carried out and where the bodies will be taken is unknown,” the council said on the Telegram messaging app.
President Zelensky said conditions in Mariupol, which has seen the worst fighting of the nearly eight-week long war, continued to worsen, though Reuters witnesses said a few dozen civilians managed to leave the city on Wednesday in a small bus convoy.
In the call, which lasted nearly two hours, Biden was expected to tell the Chinese leader that Beijing would pay a steep price if it directly supports Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a warning at a time of deepening acrimony between the world's two largest economies.
The Arab League (AL) says the foreign ministers of Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Ahemd Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, also joined the meeting.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed the Kingdom's total rejection of the serious violations of international law by the Israeli occupation forces, and called on the international community to take responsibility to "end the occupation..."
According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the unstable weather conditions are expected to be less severe on Saturday with a chance of rain on some northern and eastern coastal areas during the day, so that the weather conditions will be stable again from Sunday.
The incident took place in Al Quoz Industrial Area where an Asian girl filed a complaint that a gang kept her in an apartment where she was forced to work as a prostitute.